Halifax Stanfield Partners with reachAbility

HIAA is pleased to once again partner with the Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF) to showcase three award winning films throughout the terminal.

The short films will play on four screens located in various spaces in the terminal building (departures, arrivals and near pre-board screening) for a three month period. Each film will play on a weekly rotation.

“We appreciate the opportunity to support the great work of reachAbility and BAFF once again this year,” says Joyce Carter, HIAA President and CEO. “We’re delighted to assist with increasing the exposure of these award winning films while providing our passengers, visitors and members of the airport community an opportunity to enjoy these films.”

The second annual three day film festival was held in Halifax in December, 2016. BAFF (presented by reachAbility) is Atlantic Canada’s first film festival with a focus on disability and mental health issues as well as promoting youth and first-time filmmaker participation. BAFF received submissions from more than 80 countries.

“Growth of our film festival would not be possible without the support of community partners like HIAA,” says Tova Sherman, reachAbility CEO. “On behalf of everyone at BAFF, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the Airport Authority for believing in us, supporting us, and helping BAFF grow.”

These three films will be showcased at Halifax Stanfield:

Alive Day, directed by Paul Vienneau, (NS). Winner of the Lion of Courage Award.
Alive Day is the first short film on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the injury that took his leg and requires him to use a wheelchair. Paul is a former professional musician, current fine art/portrait photographer, and advocate for accessibility and inclusion in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Well Done, directed by Riccardo Di Gerlando (Italy). Award for Best Narrative Short Film.
A young man goes to visit an art museum and is fascinated by a symbolic picture.

Steps, directed by Nicola Sangs, (Hungary). Winner of the Award for Best Documentary Short Film.
Karcsi is disabled, forced into a wheelchair. In his everyday life, he often has to rely on people’s help, but when he dances he develops an energy and an ability which let his disability disappear. Steps is a choreography of life; a dance between dependence and independence, of rising beyond yourself.

About reachAbility
The Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF) is Atlantic Canada’s first disability film festival. BAFF encourages participation of persons with disabilities in a media event that celebrates the unique contributions of disability arts and culture. We’re dedicated to showcasing professional films as well as promoting youth/first-time filmmaker participation. Visit www.reachability.org for more information.